Unconscious Teen Moved to Denver Children’s Hospital
by Gus Jarvis
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14-Year-Old  Tommy Thomas Unconscious Since Being Hit by a Semi in Early October

MONTROSE COUNTY – After an accident left a 14-year-old Montrose County boy hospitalized with serious brain injuries in early October, an bank account has been set up to help his family continue visiting him.

In early October, Tommy Thomas was hit by a semi truck while riding his bicycle near the intersection of Hwy. 50 and Falcon Road in Montrose County. Tommy, who sustained serious brain injuries, was immediately flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where he was hospitalized until this week.

On Tuesday, the still-unconscious boy was flown to Denver’s Children’s Hospital; his father, Timothy Thomas, said the family does not yet know whether or not Tommy will recover from his injuries.

“This is the hardest thing I have ever been through,” said Timothy Thomas, who has raised two boys as a single parent, with help from his father. “The main thing is his brain injury. They had to remove a part of his skull to allow for his brain to swell. It could be a year or more before they know how much damage was done.”

At 14, Tommy, said his father, was really into video games, just starting to go girl crazy and loved to talk all the time. Thomas reflected that he oftentimes would tell Tommy to “quiet down and find something to do.” 

Now, all he wants is to hear his son’s voice again.

“If I could just hear one word out of him, I would be so happy,” Thomas said.

Like many teen boys, Thomas said, it became embarrassing for Tommy to say “I love you,” especially when other teens were around. With that in mind, father and son created a code phrase – “The moon is blue” – instead. 

“I live for the next time I can say, ‘The moon is blue’ and know that he comprehended it,” said Thomas.

For Thomas, who works at Walmart, traveling back and forth to Grand Junction over the past month in an unreliable car was already difficult; now, with Tommy at Children’s Hospital, in Denver, taking time off from his job and driving the extra four-and-a-half hours seems out of reach.

“It’s been a touch-and-go couple of months,” said Tommy’s grandfather, Thomas Thomas said. “The expenses of running back and forth have been hard. It’s tough trying to make that trip back and forth.”

After hearing about Tommy’s injuries and his family’s struggle to visit him regularly, Montrose resident Robyn Meeks set up a bank account for anyone wishing to help pay for fuel costs can donate funds to the family.

“I feel for this family; I really do,” Meeks said. “It is a really bad situation and I know how I would feel if my child was in the hospital. At [Children’s Hospital], he will be in a place where he needs to be, but it is going to be that much harder on the family to see him. 

“This is really a sad story and I hope the community can rally around this family.”

With the help he’s received from his fellow Walmart employees, and with Meeks assistance to set up the account, Timothy Thomas said he’s overwhelmed by the generosity the community has already shown.

“I was brought up to not accept charity, which may be false pride, but I have no choice if I want to visit my son and best friend,” Thomas said. “I am so touched by all the people who have helped. All of this has been life-changing.”

Meeks has set up an account for the Thomas family at Bank of Colorado, 500 US Highway 50 Business Loop, Olathe, Colorado 81425, in the names of Thomas M. Thomas; Timothy Mark Thomas; and Thomas Thomas.  Donations will be accepted at any Bank of Colorado in those three names, as well. 

A request to obtain a copy of the Montrose County Sheriff's accident report is ongoing.

 

gjarvis@watchnewspapers.com

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